If there are two things that kids love, it’s breakfast food and music. This
combination can be tough to find, but not impossible. The Dominon on Queen
is a former hotel at the corner of Queen and Sumach in the heart of Corktown.
They offer brunch with live entertainment each Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00
This is not your typical greasy spoon. The menu is varied enough to please
almost everyone and there is a great craft beer selection, but what really makes
this venue stand apart is the live entertainment.
There are no dancing clowns or puppets. The Dominion brunch features
Rockabilly superstar Alistair Christl but occasionally the venue welcomes other
standout performers such as Terra Hazelton. The music can best be described
as “Hillbilly Bop”, a combination of Honky tonk, Country Swing, Roots Rockabilly,
Jazz and Blues.
Even if these genres don’t normally make it to your iPod, the
talent of the performers and the infectious atmosphere will surely get your toes
tappin’. Being there lets you scratch that nostalgic itch of revisiting your younger
days of grabbing a pint and listening to live music. It also makes you feel like you
are tuned in to the local music scene just enough to tell people about it, even if
you probably rolled up in a mini van.
Staff are genuinely friendly and very accommodating. There is also a heated patio for dining when weather permits and a pool table. There is a small dedicated dance floor close to the band, but you can get your groove on anywhere. Drinks and food are served promptly and there are plenty of staff to tend to the patrons. Larger groups can enjoy family style platters of food.
Celebrations, including children’s birthday parties are welcome!
Things to Remember:
• BYOB. Booster seats and high chairs are not supplied.
• There is ample street parking along Queen Street on Sunday mornings.
• If you are coming with more people than your mini van can hold, it is strongly recommended that you make reservations.
• No cover charge, but tips for the band are encouraged.
Rockabilly Brunch Hours
Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
500 Queen Street West, Toronto | www.dominiononqueen.com
Photos by: Rebecca Earl
About the author: Rebecca Earl
Toronto Mom Now blog contributor Rebecca Earl is a certified Sleep Sense™
sleep consultant and founder of The Sugar Plum Sleep Co. She is mom to
two energetic boys that love to dance. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter and